Leading Point Light

The Leading Point Light was an unusual lighthouse which displayed the rear light to the Brewerton Channel Range. It was eventually superseded by an iron tower on the same foundation.

Leading Point Light
LocationLeading Point west of the Francis Scott Key Bridge on the south bank of the Patapsco River
Coordinates39°12′49″N 76°33′06″W / 39.2137°N 76.5518°W / 39.2137; -76.5518Coordinates: 39°12′49″N 76°33′06″W / 39.2137°N 76.5518°W / 39.2137; -76.5518
Constructed1868 Edit this on Wikidata
Tower height34 ft
Tower shapehouse with lantern/daymark on roof
First lit1868
Focal height21 m (69 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
CharacteristicF G Edit this on Wikidata
Admiralty no.J2251.1 Edit this on Wikidata
ARLHS no.USA1104 Edit this on Wikidata
USCG no.2-8155 Edit this on Wikidata


This light was built in 1868, along with the Hawkins Point Light, to provide range lights marking the Brewerton Channel, excavated in the 1850s to provide a fixed deepwater channel into Baltimore Harbor. In form, it was like no other lighthouse in the area, a brick house with a short tower holding the lantern surmounted with a tall pole supporting a large ball, to be used as a daymark.

In 1924 both lights in this range were torn down and replaced with skeleton towers, which remain in use.


  • "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Maryland" (PDF). United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.
  • Brewerton Range Front Light, from the Chesapeake Chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society

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